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show of force. more u.s. warships head to the mediterranean, as libyan rebels consider asking for international military intervention. open for business. the house passes a stopgap budget bill. the senate is expected to follow suit today. and teacher tenure. the next union battle in america and teacher tenure. the next union battle in america begins to take shape. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning, there are reports that libyan government forces have launched air attacks against rebel-held positions in
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eastern libya. meanwhile, two u.s. navy ships enter the suez canal en route to the mediterranean, and it is also reported rebel leaders are considering whether to ask for outside military help. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this. good morning, susan. >> hi, good morning, betty. while the opposition leaders in libya are considering asking for western air strikes u.s. defense leaders remain very cautious. they are weighing their options, and the consequences, of u.s. military action. libyan rebels are reportedly considering asking the united nations for air strikes against moammar gadhafi's regime, targeting key military assets. "the new york times" says the revolutionary council is debating the request. the development comes as two u.s. warships head for libya. this morning, two amphibious assault vessels carrying helicopters and 400 marines passed through the suez canal and into the mediterranean sea. for now, the pentagon says they'll be used only for
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emergency evacuations or to deliver relief supplies. >> we're obviously looking at a lot of options and contingencies. no decisions have been made on any other actions. >> reporter: in an interview, gadhafi's son warned against any military action, saying the country would be ready to defend itself. >> using force against libya is not the reason. there is no reason. but if you want, the only word i have for them, just welcome. we're not afraid. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton told congress the u.s. must lead the international response, and she warned if gadhafi doesn't step down now, the country's future could be at stake. >> libya could become a peaceful democracy, or it could face protracted civil war or it could descend into chaos. >> reporter: at libya's border, chaos is already under way. tens of thousands of refugees are trying to shove their way out of the country, desperate to escape the violence. now u.s. leaders are also
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playing down the likelihood of a no-fly zone over libya saying that would be extremely complex and shutting down libya's air force would, in effect, be military intervention. >> susan mcginnis for us in washington. thank you for that live report. this morning, forces loyal to moammar gadhafi have apparently retaken a key oil installation. brega is located in eastern libya and had been under the control of rebel forces since mid-february. witnesses say government planes bombed the oil facility. the president of yemen says the u.s. and israel are behind anti-government protests in his country. hundreds of thousands protested against the government on tuesday. ali abdullah saleh claims there is an operations room in tel aviv run by the white house. its aim is to destabilize the arab world. saleh is considered a u.s. ally in the fight against terrorism. yemen accepts tens of millions
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in u.s. aid. back in this country, the senate is scheduled to vote this morning on a stopgap spending measure that would fund the federal government for another two weeks. the house passed the measure tuesday, and the senate is expected to do the same. joel brown reports. >> reporter: with a fast-approaching deadline over government shutdowns, house republicans voted to buy some more time in the budget battle. >> the american people want us to get our fiscal house in order, and this is a step in the right direction. >> reporter: they passed a bill that funds the government for two more weeks, and slashes $4 billion in spending. some house democrats said two weeks wasn't enough. >> this is not a way to run the largest government and most important government in the world. >> reporter: but those arguments didn't work. democrats in the senate say they're on board with the two-week extension. they plan to pass it quickly and send it to president obama's desk.
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the white house praised lawmakers' progress. >> there is a focus in congress now on cuts that we all can agree on. >> reporter: but bigger battles lie ahead. now lawmakers have to agree on a government spending plan for the next six months. republicans want to cut more than $60 million from the budget. >> if american families can do with less, there's no reason why the government can't do with less. >> reporter: democrats disagree. they argue the gop's proposal would ultimately lead to more job losses, and put the nation's economic recovery in jeopardy. president obama promised he'd veto a spending plan with cuts that deep. now both sides have just two weeks to find common ground, and avoid another potential government shutdown. joel brown, cbs news, washington. a spokesman for a potential republican presidential candidate mike huckabee says huckabee misspoke when he said president obama spent his childhood in kenya. in a radio interview monday, huckabee noted that mr. obama removed a bust of winston churchill from the oval office. an action, he said, was insulting to the british.
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>> but then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in kenya with a kenyan father and grandfather, he probably grew up hearing that the british were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather. >> well, in fact, president obama didn't visit kenya until he was an adult. as for the churchill bust, mr. obama did move it elsewhere in the white house, replacing it in the oval office with one of abraham lincoln. another possible republican presidential candidate, newt gingrich, may be about ready to make it at least semi-official. cbs news has learned that gingrich is likely to announce the formation of a political exploratory committee, possibly when he visits georgia on thursday. now to a potential medical breakthrough that may one day restore partial sight to the blind. this morning an artificial retina has been approved for sale in europe. it works like this. a tiny video camera is mounted in a pair of glasses, a transmitter in the glasses sends the images from the camera to a
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chip implanted in the back of the eye. where 60 electrodes send the image to the optic nerve. the technology has allowed volunteers to make the shapes, and see light. nearly the entire state of ohio faces the threat of flooding from melting snow and days of heavy rain. the town of findlay in the northwest corner of the state has been hardest hit. as seth doane reports. >> reporter: by air, the scope of this flood emerges. much of downtown findlay, ohio, under six feet of water 56 a violent rainstorm melted the heavy snow pack left by a near blizzard friday. >> getting higher and higher. we don't know what we'll do. i've never seen water like this before. >> reporter: torrents of water overtopped dams and washed through communities, flooding farmnds, and cresting rivers at 16 feet, near record-setting river levels. near cleveland the chagrin river broke through a dam sending 100 people fleeing to safety.
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when residents couldn't save themselves, rescue workers stepped in. >> pretty happy to see the fire department. >> you surrounded by water? >> yes. >> yes, basement is flooded. whole streets are flooded over there. >> reporter: some scrambling to gather what the water had not already carried away. back here in findlay, ohio, this is the middle of downtown. main street. behind me you can see stranded cars, and closed businesses. but there is some good news here. the floodwaters are starting to recede. seth doane, cbs news, findlay, ohio. just ahead on the "morning news," new trouble for actor charlie sheen. now, in a child custody dispute. plus gadget fans get ready, as apple is expected to unveil its latest ipad. you're watching the "cbs morning news." "cbs morning news." [ woman ] i had this deep, radiating pain everywhere... and i wondered what it was. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia,
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removed from his home. little could be seen of sheen's hollywood home in the darkness, but radar online says the young boys were taken away by court officers last night. the action came after a judge granted the twins' mother with brooke mueller, a restraining order against sheen. she accuses him of threatening her around the children. well, as sherlock holmes might say, it was elementary, my dear watson. in a triumph of man over machine, a congressman beat the ibm supercomputer watson in a jeopardy-style stiff yeah game. new jersey representative rush holt is a five-time jeopardy champion, and facing watson monday night in washington, holt beat the computer at the game it was built to win. congratulations there. well, a new federal report shows that while american women have narrowed the gender gap on salaries, it remains far from being closed. it is the first comprehensive government report on the status of women in almost 50 years. it shows that women now earn 80%
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of what their male counterparts make. up from 62% in 1979. white house senior adviser valerie jarrett says such data is vital for future planning. >> we need to make sure that as a society we are adapting to the new changes that affect women, since it's half of our population. >> the same report projects that women will represent nearly two-thirds of american college students by 2012. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia snapped a winning streak. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. asian stocks tumbled, erasing gains from the last several days. japan's nikki lost nearly 2.5% while hong kong's hang seng shed nearly 1.5%. today wall street hears more from ben bernanke on capitol hill. yesterday the fed chief warned rising oil prices could derail the economic recovery and keep unemployment high. this morning the price for crude topped $100 a barrel in asia. those concerns weighed heavily on stocks tuesday.
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the dow plunged 168 points while the nasdaq lost nearly 45. southwest says things should go better today than they did yesterday. last night a communications glitch at ticket counters and gates caused hundreds of flight delays across the country. no flights were canceled. southwest says the problem has been fixed. meanwhile, bank of america suffered a computer glitch of its own. online customers had trouble accessing their accounts tuesday. after a system upgrade knocked the bank's website offline. it was the second such outage for the company in two months. b of a says no customer information was compromised. february was a good month for automakers, as american started to return to car show rooms. gm sales were up 46%. chrysler up 13%. and sales by ford just 10%. it might also be a good time to buy. analysts say sticker prices may be lower than normal this spring as automakers try to keep the
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momentum going. bad weather and high gas prices have not kept americans from spending. numbers released overnight show retail sales jumped in february, especially online. clothing and furniture sales led the way with luxury items also getting a boost. and the eyes of the tech world will be focused squarely on san francisco today. apple is holding a press conference where they are widely expected to unveil the new ipad 2. the tablet is rumored to be thinner, lighter and faster with multiple cameras. in the one year since the first ipad came out, apple has sold 15 million. i'm betting those 15 million people that bought the first one are thinking -- >> no! >> i know. now we've got to buy another. >> all right. i still bet the lines will be very long for the new ipad. ashley morrison here in new york. thank you, ashley. straight ahead your wednesday weather. and in sports, a surprise for the nba's top team. she felt lost...
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impact from the latest storm to come ashore. the wet weather lingers in the northwest. and it stays warm in the southeast. in sports, memphis kept its nba playoff hopes alive by beating the best team in the league. zack randolph of the grizzlies scored 21 points against san antonio, who played without the injured tony parker. darrell alter had 21 in the 109-93 victory. dirk nowitzki of dallas scored 22 points against philadelphia, and jason terry had 30 as the mavericks rolled to a 101-93 victory. dallas has won 17 of its last 18 games to move into second place in the western conference. the nfl and the players union will negotiate again this morning in washington. negotiators met tuesday with federal mediator, and the owners meet later today. now, both sides say they are working hard to get an agreement. the league's contract with the players expires on thursday. when we return, another look
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. a weak storm will graze the northeast, bringing some light snow to the higher elevated areas. the west coast has powerful winds and heavy snow on the way for the mountains. and rain is expected in the valleys. here's another look at this morning's top stories. it is reported that opposition leaders in libya may ask for u.n.-backed air strikes against moammar gadhafi. today, two u.s. warships entered the suez canal en route to the mediterranean. and the senate is expected to vote this morning on a stopgap budget measure to keep the government running for another two weeks. the house passed the bill on tuesday. last night, wisconsin
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governor scott walker revealed his budget plan with massive spending cuts. walker's proposal called for more than $1 billion in cuts to schools and local governments. demonstrators are still protesting his plan to take away bargaining rights from public workers. if that isn't passed, walker says thousands of state employees and teachers will be laid off. across the country, schoolteachers in many states are feeling the heat from cost cutters over tenure. wyatt andrews has that part of the story. >> reporter: outside of wisconsin, there is a bigger attack coming against unionized teachers. >> this is a direct attack on freedom. >> reporter: in eight states, plus new york city, and los angeles, the issue now is tenure. lifetime job protections that prevent good teachers from being fired on a whim, but also, critics say, protect bad teachers from being fired at all. in to this battle, unpredictably, has stepped randi weingarten. >> we wanted to fix the problem.
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>> reporter: last week, weingarten, the president of the american federation of teachers, a union with 1.5 million members, proposed new rules to evaluate and fire incompetent teachers. any teacher judged unsatisfactory would get one year of guidance called an improvement plan. teachers who then fail to improve would face a dismissal hearing within 100 days. >> we want to make sure we're focused on teacher quality, and student instructions. and on fairness. >> reporter: weingarten insists this is not a response to the fight in wisconsin. but it is an answer to the biggest complaint about tenure. >> it has effectively become, in some places, a job for life. which is wrong. >> reporter: are you saying that unions aren't at all responsible for that? >> i'm saying that all of us should be taking a lot more responsibility. >> reporter: weingarten cannot force her ideas on her membership. but when any national teachers union starts discussing the best
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way to fire its worst members, that's a conversation many school officials never thought they'd have. wyatt andrews, cbs news, washington. this morning on "the early show," an update on the severe weather in the midwest. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." by fresh, wonderfully light, creamy light & fit. with 80 calories versus 100 in the other leading brand. live light & fit. all you expect from the number-one recommended detergent by dermatologists. all free clear is free of dyes and perfumes. and has powerful stainlifters to help get your whole wash clean. it's all good. move our families forward. move us all to a better place. and caltrate moves us. caltrate knows 80% of us don't get the calcium we need. and when we don't, our bodies steal it
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well, good morning, let's look at how this second day of march will square away. or, is it the second day of spring? we'll explain that. it's closer to 60 degrees. thank you, in the news, there are growing calls for foreign military intervention in libya. there was a near catastrophe at bwi. how a laser pointer nearly took down a plane. the same sex marriage bill may not be headed for the first
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it's wednesday, it's almost 5:00. it's kristy breslin in for sharon. >> let's look at the day part. it's going to be a fine afternoon. averaging about 10 above normal. we'll say the low to mid-to upper 30s.
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